The Joint Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission provides efficient joint management of the most important fish stocks of both countries, in the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea. The decision to establish the Commission was made in 1974, and the Commission held its very first session in 1976.
Proper management of the resources in the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea would not be possible without reliable statistics on the live marine resources in these waters.
On the basis of the stipulated total quota for these waters, the quotas for North-East Arctic cod and haddock are evenly distributed between the parties involved. This form of distribution was adopted as early as 1975.
This page provides brief information on the condition of the main marine stocks in the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea and adjacent sea areas.
The stipulation of the total quota for the various joint fish stocks has been and remains a key element of the annual negotiations between Norway and Russia. The negotiations are based on ICES' scientific recommendations.